In the weeks since President Barack Obama detailed his personal evolution on the issue of gay marriage in a May ABC News interview, a series of national polls indicate that a slight majorty of Americans have also come to support same-sex marriage. By June, members of the NAACP's executive board had approved a resolution making support for gay marriage a part of the organization’s platform. NCLR, the League of Latin American Citizens and other Latino civil rights, labor and trade organizations soon followed. Despite some dissention in the ranks, executives inside several national organizations dominated by people of color have, in recent months, identified same-sex marriage as a part of their 21st century civil-rights agenda.
The groups' endorsements challenge prevailing notions that communities of color are strongholds of opposition in the marriage rights war, Lourdes Rodriguez-Nogués, president of Dignity USA, told a group of mostly Latino activists gathered in another section of the same Las Vegas hotel Sunday. Dignity USA is a Boston-based organization of gay and lesbian Catholics.